Annan says Palestinians should support new leadership to achieve statehood

“This is an opportunity for them to realize their dream, the aspiration for a Palestinian State,” Mr. Annan said in an interview at Dubai airport, where he stopped en route to New York from a trip which had taken him to countries affected by the recent catastrophic tsunami as well as a UN conference on small islands held in Mauritius.“I appeal to them to shy away from violence, to reject violence, support their new leader and let him work with the Israeli Government and the Palestinian people and the international community to fulfil their dreams,” he said.Earlier this month, Palestinians elected Mahmoud Abbas as President in polls which received technical and logistical support from the UN.Mr. Annan repeated his earlier condemnation of a recent attack that killed six Israelis, calling it “a real blow to the peace process.”Following that incident, which took place on Thursday night, a spokesman for Mr. Annan had voiced hope that it would not be allowed to undermine the recent positive steps made by both parties.Today, Mr. Annan said: “I hope it will be possible to find a way to engage both parties.” Asked about the violence in Iraq, the Secretary-General noted that the vast majority of Iraqis want to vote but “the situation is far from ideal.”The UN is working with the Government “on the assumption that, as of today, the elections will take place on 30 January” as planned, he said. read more

Powerball Pokemon Prince among 2016 top Google searches

by Patrick Mairs, The Associated Press Posted Dec 14, 2016 7:04 am MDT Last Updated Dec 14, 2016 at 3:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email “Pokemon Go,” the iPhone7 and Donald Trump are among Google’s top trending searches globally of 2016. But, in the U.S., no subject ranked higher than Powerball.The multi-state lottery’s record $1.6 billion prize in January and $429 million payout in June had ticket holders Googling winning numbers and gave Powerball the No. 1 spot on Google’s top 10 list in the U.S. this year.Prince’s death in April made him the second-highest trending overall topic in the U.S. and top-trending globally on the list of celebrities who died in 2016.The wild popularity of “Pokemon Go,” the mobile app game that had millions glued to their smartphones this summer, was the top searched trending topic around the world. And people also wanted some hints on how to play it. Gamers frequently Googled tips on how to catch Pokemon and how to battle them as well.In other categories, Hillary Clinton again finished runner-up to Trump on the list of top-searched people globally and in the U.S. The presidential election also prompted one of Google’s trending “how to” searches of the year in the U.S.: “How to move to Canada” was ranked No. 5.Netflix’s binge-worthy programming led the TV list in the U.S. “Stranger Things,” ”Making a Murderer” and “Fuller House” grabbed the top three spots. In music, Beyonce had a big year on stage and online. She was the top trending search in the U.S. on Goggle’s musicians list and her “Formation” was the top trending song. Celine Dion took the top spot globally.If searches for recipes are any indication, Americans were looking to make alcohol by the pitcher alongside comfort food in 2016. Sangria, a punch made with wine and fruit, was the top search for cocktails. Green bean casserole took the top spot for food recipes.After “Pokemon Go,” the top 10 trending searches globally were iPhone7, Trump, Prince, Powerball, David Bowie, Deadpool, Olympics, Slither.io, and Suicide Squad.In the U.S., following Powerball and Prince, the top trending searches were Hurricane Matthew, “Pokeman.Go,” Slither.io, Olympics, David Bowie, Trump, the election, and Clinton. FILE – In this July 25, 2016, file photo, a fan maneuvers his smartphone as he plays “Pokemon Go” in Hong Kong. “Pokemon Go” is among Google’s most-trending searches of 2016. The search engine giant released its year end trending searches list on Dec. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File) Powerball, Pokemon, Prince among 2016 top Google searches read more